Family-friendly après-ski at Sugarbush

I have a specific set of requirements when it comes to après-ski with my kids: It needs to be comfortable; food needs to be plentiful, delicious, and available early; and most of all, it must be fun. The newest addition to the après-ski scene near Sugarbush meets all of these requirements and also offers a great value. The Hostel Tevere is the perfect place for families to head after a day of skiing.

Tevere has quickly become popular with families as was in evidence one December night when the dining room filled up early with large groups of adults and kids, some still wearing their ski pants and hats. Table décor is full of casual, stylish touches like Mason jar drinking glasses tucked with cutlery. Food is served at long tables, and everyone gets a numbered spot including some with lucky number pi.

The food at Tevere is excellent and will satisfy foodie kids and grownups alike. Selections come as small, medium, and large plates and the menu offers creative items like homemade beet pasta as well as kid-friendly choices like a burger and fries. Prices are very reasonable, ranging from five to fifteen dollars.

We enjoyed treats like spicy sausage pops – deep-fried country sausage, served with a creamy sauce for dipping. Deep bowls of New England clam chowder are laden with clams, potatoes, and the surprising twist of some fresh dill. A salad of Brussels sprouts was also a surprise – the sprouts are served raw, shaved thin, and are tossed with a tarragon vinaigrette, pickled red onions, and blue cheese and come accompanied with a half a soft-boiled egg. Fettuccine came topped with smoked trout and crème fraiche.

Dessert did not disappoint either. While we found the cheesecake to be a little dry, but the homemade Snickers pie was a gooey treat and white chocolate, caramel, whisky mousse was creamy and light enough on the alcohol for everyone to enjoy.

Other things to like about Hostel Tevere? While kids play foosball or checkers in one of the comfortable public rooms grown-ups can relax in the cozy bar where the carefully-curated beer list is full of interesting microbrews from across the United States.

When you are renting a condo on a ski vacation with your family, it’s great to have dining out options where you can fill your stomach and enjoy fun family time after a day on the mountain. At Sugarbush, Hostel Tevere fits the bill on both fronts.

Dinner is served at the Hostel Tevere from Wednesday to Saturday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (on select evenings during holiday weeks, they start serving at 5 – check the website).  Reservations are accepted for groups larger than eight. Breakfast is available Sundays only.

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